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Extracting human DNA with full genetic data within minutes

By Maja Bosanac
14 May 2013

uw-dna-extraction-deviceCollaboration between engineers at the University of Washington (UW) and NanoFacture, a UW spinout company, resulted in the development of a device that can extract human DNA in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendlier way than conventional methods. The new device will enable hospitals and research labs to extract DNA from human fluid samples… »


Using smart materials to mimic squid and zebrafish camouflage

By Damir Beciri
One Comment2 May 2012

color-changing-clothesInspired by extraordinary camouflaging abilities of organisms such as squid and zebrafish, a group of researchers from the University of Bristol have created artificial muscles that can change their state and appearance at the push of a button, and demonstrated two different transforming mechanisms that could lead to new clothes with camouflaging tricks analogous to… »

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Using algebraic equations to enhance robot motion

By Damir Beciri
29 August 2011

graphic-representation-of-an-algebraic-equationAlthough robots advance each day, they still lack the fluent movement and gracefulness we’d expect them to have. A group of researchers from the University of Innsbruck employs new mathematical approaches to improve the control of robot movements. Aside making robots more graceful and efficient, the research might lead to better motion safety for both… »